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Crapshoot: The edutainment game that expects you to ‘learn English Or DIE!’

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, there’s only one language some people understand—the language of fear. Welcome to the ESL course Frank Miller would approve of. Mean City. Don’t worry, they said, it’s just a name. Maybe they’re just proud of their mean population density, or they make a mean curry. What did they mean? There was was only one way to find out, and while nobody had specifically said it would be an idea to bring a fedora, I figured…

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Ubisoft issues takedown request of ‘speculative’ Nvidia database leak

Nvidia set gamer hopes alight earlier this month when a leaked GeForce Now database “revealed” games including Titanfall 3, a Half-Life 2 remaster, and a PC version of God of War. Nvidia quickly shot it all down, though, saying that the titles in question were speculative, for “internal tracking and testing.” In all likelihood, in other words, developers needed placeholders to test various functionality and decided to have a little bit of fun with them. Using inside jokes for internal testing purposes is a risky business—there’s a famous story about a local newspaper that was published with one of the…

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The best Tales of Arise Artes for each character

Want to know the best skills for each of the Tales of Arise characters? Bandai Namco’s latest game in the long-running series continues the tradition of bombarding you with dozens of moves and a dizzying array of effects. There are hundreds of possible combinations you could use, but not all of them are worth your time—or the effort it takes to unlock them.  The best Tales of Arise Artes help extend your combo chains or play to your chosen character’s unique strengths. Sometimes that means sacrificing style and raw power for function and fluidity, though. Regardless, this guide outlines the…

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The best PC joysticks in 2021

The best PC joystick will make a huge difference to both the level of control and the level of immersion you feel playing any flight or space sim. Whether ripping the wings off a Cessna in the expansive Microsoft Flight Simulator, exploring the far reaches of the galaxy in Elite Dangerous, or bulls-eyeing thermal exhaust ports not much bigger than a womp rat in the action-packed Star Wars Squadrons, you can live out your flyboy fantasies right at home. We also recommend a good wireless gaming keyboard and gaming mouse combo since it’s a good way to navigate a game’s…

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If you’re serious about gaming then come join the compact keyboard club

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot more sixty percent keyboards enter the fold. As someone who’s been an enthusiast for years, having a smaller keyboard isn’t abnormal—I happen to be typing on one right now, but more on why later. Where things become intriguing is the reasoning for the sudden explosion of nifty sixties onto the market. For instance, Razer’s Huntsman Mini features its all-singing and all-dancing optical switches that are usually reserved for its high-speed gaming boards. For me, this presented an intriguing conundrum: do people really use sixty percent keyboards for gaming and if so, how does it…

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Crystal Dynamics is working on the new Perfect Dark game

The new Perfect Dark game is being co-developed by Crystal Dynamics, the Square Enix studio responsible for the recent Tomb Raider trilogy, Marvel’s Avengers and Gex (vale Gex). The announcement was made today by the game’s primary studio, The Initiative. “We are partnering with Crystal Dynamics, the world class team behind character-driven games such as Tomb Raider, to bring this first-person spy thriller to a new generation,” The Initiative tweeted. “The teams couldn’t pass up a chance to work together.  We’re still early in development, but incredibly excited to use this unique opportunity to deliver on the vision for Perfect…

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Phantasmagoria 2’s lead actor is taking us on a trip down FMV memory lane

Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh released in 1996, and it had just about everything you could ask for from a full-motion video horror adventure game: secret experiments, psychic powers, mad scientists, alternate dimensions, alien creatures, government teleportation programs, a bunch of gruesome murders, frontal nudity, and at least one severed head. Despite that impressive list, Phantasmagoria 2 wasn’t exactly a critical hit at the time. It did have its share of fans, however, thanks to its campy B-movie charm. Even today, lead actor Paul Morgan Stetler, who played Phantasmagoria 2’s tormented protagonist Curtis Craig, says he still gets plenty…

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In Lumencraft, drill your way to safety or into a physics-based lava flow

There’s a moment in Lumencraft’s debut trailer that absolutely sold me on its concept. Between all the bug shooting and rock-blasting particle effects, it’s a simple river of physics-based lava that looks like the biggest threat, trickling its way into every tunnel you dig, overflowing into every moat you make. (Image credit: 2Dynamic Games)Lumencraft developer 2Dynamic Games describes it as a top-down shooter with tower defense elements like turrets to fend off huge swarms of underground bugs. You’re humanity’s last hope to obtain the precious Lumen minerals, which store up enough energy to stave off extinction. Like all macguffins, you’re…

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Europa Universalis 4 is going free on the Epic Store

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d really like to try one of those massive Paradox grand strategy games, but I don’t want to invest any money into it because the whole thing is likely to end quickly and badly?” I certainly have. Then one day, many years ago, I threw caution to the wind and bought Europa Universalis: Rome, determined to scratch that itch. 30 minutes later, as I flipped hopelessly through the phone book-sized manual, I realized that I had been right all along. I was way out of my depth. The good news for anyone in a…

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Cryptominers’ $9.5M sea utopia foiled by actual risk of bio shock

Imagine a utopia where cryptominers, cryptocurrency enthusiasts, and investors alike could be free to live, far from the ever imposing reach of mankind’s laws. This was the vision of bitcoin fanboys, and utopian idealists, Grant Romundt, Rüdiger Koch, and Chad Elwartowski. These three were determined to make their dream of crypto-Rapture a reality. That is until they realised some hard truths tied to running a floating colony. The plan was simple: Buy a $9.5 million retired cruise liner > pop over to Panama > build a utopia > profit! Sounds easy right? What these three idealists didn’t foresee, however, were…

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There’s a gaming PC hidden inside this incredible gaming den diorama

Image 1 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 2 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 3 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 4 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 5 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 6 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 7 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 8 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 9 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)Image 10 of 10 (Image credit: Suchao Modding & Design)There’s no shortage of ingenuity and creativity when it comes…

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‘Who knows what the future holds’ for Titanfall, say people who know what the future holds for Titanfall

This story has been updated to included Respawn’s latest comment. On a recent stream, Respawn Entertainment community coordinator Jason Garza responded to a community member’s request for an update on the Titanfall series. “There’s nothing there,” he said. “Yeah, it’s a game with a lot of mechs,” he continued. “It’s an old one, back when Xbox [One] first launched. Don’t get your hopes up, man. I’ve said this before, we just don’t have anything in the works. There’s nothing there. We’ve got too many other games in the works right now.” Garza’s tone was one of somebody who’s had to…

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Check out some of Diablo 2: Resurrected’s remastered enemies up close

The release of Diablo 2: Resurrected is almost upon us (here’s when it unlocks in your time zone), and enterprising fans have already extracted models of some of its enemies. In the video above you can get up close and personal with a siege beast, frozen horror, the three barbarian ancients from the end of Lord of Destruction, the dark wanderer, Baal, Diablo, and *spoilers* the Cow King, who now wears a fancy hoof-ring and sure does have some detailed udders. It was somebody’s job to model those udders. Of course, you can switch over to the original graphics of…

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Blood Bowl 3’s Early Access launch has been delayed

While the full version of football megaviolence strategy game Blood Bowl 3 wasn’t due to come out until February 2022, an Early Access release had been announced for this month. That’s now been pushed back. As the Blood Bowl 3 team at Cyanide Studio explained on Twitter, “The closed beta last June and all your feedback were incredibly helpful for identifying and focusing on key improvements, and it seems we were a bit too optimistic when we announced early access on PC for September 2021.” Blood Bowl 3 was initially revealed with a release date of 2020, before that was…

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Apple blacklists Epic, won’t allow Fortnite back on the App Store

A ruling earlier this month in the Epic v Apple case initially looked to be very positive for Epic: It scored an important victory in its lawsuit against Apple when the court declared that Apple cannot prevent app developers from linking to external purchase and payment systems, which is a very big deal. Most of the ruling actually went Apple’s way, though, including that Apple does not have a monopoly on mobile games, that it has a right to collect fees on in-app purchases, and—this is the big one—a declaration that the contract between Epic and Apple was valid and…

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Guardians of Hyelore is a tug-of-war tactics game, and it’s out soon

Guardians of Hyelore is coming to Steam on September 29, ready to turn the age-old tower defence genre on its head. Yes, your band of bespoke heroes must prevent an enemy horde from reaching your base, but they push back and advance on the enemy too—ultimately pushing them back to their own base where a formidable boss awaits. Your army auto-marches, but as it does you’ll need to rely on all your military tactical nous if you want to reach the plunder that awaits at the end of each level. But most journeys start from humble beginnings. You start with…

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Crypto villains target iPhone 13 launch with the ol’ Runescape money gambit and score a nice $69K

As ever, the imminent release of a new iPhone has certain folks struggling to contain their gadget lust. The hype is always something else with Apple products and, even though I use several and love the things, there’s a reason that the extremes of its fanbase are so easy to caricature. Apple can do anything! Perhaps: but one thing it definitely won’t do is double your Bitcoin. Several years ago there was a spate of scams on YouTube based around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, tricking users onto authentic-looking websites through adverts, basically. This tactic seemed to have been quashed but…

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The Sims 4 just got an extra 1,200 furniture swatches for free

Holy crap, EA finally added a bunch of brand-new swatches to The Sims 4! Long-time Simmers will know one of the biggest downgrades from The Sims 3 to The Sims 4 was the removal of create-a-style, which essentially allowed for limitless furniture swatches. The base game has been painfully lacking in decent, usable swatches that match with other furniture sets from other expansions. Additional swatches have been a big ask from the community for a while now, and it looks like EA has finally listened. A patch that went out on September 21 added a whopping 1,200 swatches to 149…

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Green Hell’s next chapter has been delayed

The developers of Green Hell, a survival game that made Christopher Livingston so mad he punched an innocent armadillo, have announced a delay. The third and final chapter of Spirits of Amazonia, a prequel to its story mode, has been pushed back to “an undetermined date”. In an open letter addressed to “our valued Green Hell survivors”, the CreepyJar Team writes, “we know you’re eagerly waiting for another chapter of Jake’s journey and we’re thrilled to share it with you. The Spirits of Amazonia Part 3 will be the last and biggest part of the expansion, providing closure to this…

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MSI Optix MPG321UR gaming monitor review

High resolution, high refresh gaming has been a bit of a pipe dream until now, but thanks to a handful of 4K 144Hz monitors arriving at the end of 2021 it seems this dream gaming monitor featureset is finally here to stay.  The Optix MPG321UR is one of MSI’s new flagship monitors and based on the long list of top end specs it looks like a pretty impressive offering. It’s a little more expensive than Asus’ TUF Gaming Monitor VG28UQL1A or the Eve Spectrum, but it’s also bigger, brighter and has a more impressive colour gamut, which goes a long…